Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.

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Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요
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  • Sierra

    I have text book and I was wondering if I’m suppose to the task in them while listening to the podcast or after like reviewing material?

  • Samuel Park

    Wait, Im confused, in the podcast you guys say it should be “Hak yo ee eh yo” but in the PDF it says it should be “Hak yo yeh yo” which one is correct?

    • Hiểu Khánh

      Hak yo [ 학교 ] ends up without patchim [받침] , so basically it is [학교 예요 ] “hak kyo ye yo” as I know 🙂 But you can go on researching for sure.

    • dannyR

      No, they are saying that “Hak yo yeh yo”, not the former, is the more natural-sounding of the two (and is therefore better).

    • Maria

      학교 ends in a vowel, therefore it HAS to be 예요. ☺

  • AyraAriendera

    excuse me , how to say “today , i will write y first korean diary that made by me” ?? i really need this

    • Cecille Mekitpekit

      When you will used it in sentence 오늘은 bla bla bla..

  • 살마


    I know that the letter ‘ㄹ’ as in 물 is pronounced ” mul” with ‘L’ but when it is attached with ” ㅇ” like in 물이에요 it will change to ” muri-eayo” it became ‘R’ , but why the ‘ㄹ’ in the word 사무실이에요 samu-shil-ieayo did not change according to the pronunciation the audio above?

    is there any rule that tells when it is pronounce and L or R after the letter ” ㅇ” or it is always an ‘R’ after ” ㅇ”


    • Perla


      I had the same question as you, I scoured the comments and found this from Seokjin:

      If you want to pronounce it so correctly and slowly, like staccato, it will sound like “l” but in normal conversation, we just say it like [mu-ri-e-yo].
      Thanks for your comment.’

      I hope you find this helpful as well

  • Courts

    This website is amazing. I plan on studying abroad in South Korea in the next two years so this is really helpful! Thank You so much TTMIK!

  • Elisabeth Hart McKittrick

    Can you use “모ㅓ에요?” if someone says something like “I have a question for you” or “Would you do me a favour?”?

    • Kenny Lau

      It is spelt “뭐예요” (note 예 instead of 에) and I think you would use 네 instead in those situations…

  • Sytabish

    I started learning Korean recently. I wasn’t sure from where should I start but u guys really made it easy for me. Thanks a lot for ur lessons!
    Kyung-hwa Sun and Hyunwoo Sun , u guys make learning fun. Gamshahapnida!!

  • Marshmallow

    안녕하세요. 저는 학생이에요. 감사합니다~!

    • Jaydon Manders-young

      예, 안녕하세요 . 또한학생입니다 ! 고맙습니다!

  • Wi Wied

    Thank you guys, you made it easier. this website is useful for me as a beginner. I just start learning Korean a month ago and feel like am frustrated. The teacher is way too fast and I can’t understand why she insist explaining the lesson in Korean. She just a lil bit speak in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Then the student just watching her laughing by herself because none understand what makes she laughed. Can you teach us here, in Indonesia? If so, please join Korean Cultural Center Indonesia and teach us Korean. Thank You 🙂

  • Strawberry

    안녕 하세요! 저 이름이 마리타예요. 제 고양이는 이름이 크레오팥라예요. 고양이 있어요. 진차! 앞으로 개가 사고 싶어요. 한국어를 공부해요. 저 이제 컴퓨타 샀어요. 비싸었어요. 안녕히 계세요!

    • Helena Blažková

      안녕 하세요! >> 안녕하세요!
      저 이름이 마리타예요. >> 제 이름이 마리타예요.
      진차! >> 진짜!
      저 이제 컴퓨타 샀어요. >> 저 이제 컴퓨터 샀어요.

  • Danny

    Thank so much for teaching korean.

  • Abby Keil

    I cant download your audio lessons here 🙁 please help

  • Salma

    omg :’) so thankful I found this website <3 <3 good luck for everyone~~

  • Suga Swag

    A : *똑 똑* (Knock knock)
    B : 누구예요? (Who is it?)
    A : 저예요! (It’s me!)

    • Maria

      안녕하세요 fellow A.R.M.Y.!! ☺

    • Suga Swag


  • greenata

    hi everyone am new here someone tell me please!! isn’t there a video version for these lesons

    • Susanne Watson

      Pretty sure it is only audio.

  • Viorp

    It’s funny because you can make a question exactly the same way in Polish sometimes. You just say the end of a sentence with a higher tone.

    • Sosolilly

      We do the same in French ^^ all the time actually ! It’s kinda weird not to do it like that, makes you sound very formal

    • Kenny Lau

      Actually, this is only true for the informal (not taught in this level) and the slightly polite level (those which end in 요).

      Those that end in -니다 needs to change to -니까 in questions

      For example, if you would hypothetically need to turn “감사합니다” into a question, you would need to say “감사합니까?”.

  • 안녕하세요!
    Today in my Korean Classroom is a new post about how to make short statement in Korean ♪
    Follow the link → http://my-korean-study-journey.blogspot.de/2016/04/it-is-in-korean.html ← and check it out ♪
    Please fix my mistake if you`ll find some !

    • Helena Blažková

      I read the comment and 예요 is actually just right. I agree with the other two corrections :D.

      But 학교 예요. >> 학교예요. The same goes for other expression. There should be no space left. Stick it together! Haha

  • How do you answer these sentences negatively? For example, if somebody asks me “학생이에요?” how do I say “No, I am not a student.”? Is it “학생 아니요.” or “학생 아니에요?”
    Also, how do you negatate these sentences? Like, “Aren’t you a student?” or “Isn’t this water?”
    고맙습니다 선생님들~

    • Kenny Lau

      The negation of 이에요/i-e-yo or 예요/ye-yo is 아니에요/a-ni-e-yo.

      It is irregular (different from how you form the negation of other verbs), so be careful!

      Therefore, “No, I am not a student” would be “아니요, 학생 아니에요”. Notice how a space is added before 아니에요 whereas there is no space before 이에요 or 예요, so be careful!

      “Aren’t you a student?” would be “학생 아니에요?”.
      “Isn’t this water?” would be “(이건) 물 아니에요?”.

  • Izzy Grimes

    How would you ask for the meaning or definition of something? For example, if I wanted to ask, “What is tea?” would I say 차 뭐 예 요?

    • David

      무슨 차예요?

    • mo_says_hello

      Do you mean to ask the question “how do you say tea in Korean?” If so, you would say, “Tea” 한국어(korean)로(in) 어떻게(how) 말씀해(say)주세요(please give me). You are basically saying: Would you please give me how to say “tea” in korean? “Tea” 한국어로 어떻게 말씀해주세요?

  • Princess Sarah

    After this lesson i can say the first line of Adele’s ‘Hello’ in Korean
    안녕, 저예요
    I don’t think i’m going to stop singing this any time soon


      You are hilarious… You just made my night hahaha

  • Semitic akuma

    man where is the hangul words ugh </33333

  • Semitic akuma

    oh i found it in the pdf keke~

  • Giao Dang

    Hi, thank you so much for the lesson. Can I ask what is the difference between 무엇입니까 and 뭐예요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Although both are formal sentences, 무엇입니까 sounds more formal than 뭐예요.

      It sounds a little bit more strict. 🙂

    • Giao Dang

      Then in what situation should I use 무엇입니까 ?

    • Debbie

      When you are speaking with people older than you or strangers

  • Peristeria

    예요 -이에요 뭐예요
    TTMIK thank you so much for the lesson
    i followed your youtube channel from a while
    and i am so happy because i can write comments here

  • mo_says_hello

    안녕하세요! 대학생이에요. 제 이름이 ‘몰간’이에요. “Medical Student” 한국어로 어떻게 말해요? 의사학생?